[MLS PLAYOFFS: Real Salt Lake-LA Galaxy]
The LA Galaxy's run as MLS champion is over. There won't be a record third straight MLS Cup title. There won't be a record
sixth straight Western Conference final appearance. Real Salt Lake disposed of the Galaxy, 2-0, in overtime to move into the Western Conference final with a 2-1 aggregate victory.
going ahead on Sebastian Velasquez
's goal in the 35th minute, RSL had plenty of chances to win in the second half -- two shots off the woodwork, a goal
controversially disallowed -- before giant Chris Schuler
scored in overtime to break the series tie late in the first overtime period.
had a late chance, but RSL goalie Nick Rimando
took a ball off his face to stop Juninho
's fierce shot that the wind
carried and bounced in front of him.
On both goals, the Galaxy defense was caught napping -- a problem all season and it contributed to its exit before the conference finals for the first
time in Bruce Arena
's five full seasons in charge.
To even his surprise, the 5-foot-5 Velasquez found himself open for a header that he put past LA
keeper Jaime Penedo
The second goal came when Javier Morales
' free kick sailed in the wind over the line
of Galaxy defenders to Schuler, who was free at the far post to blast past Penedo.
The goal was a just reward for Schuler, who had an excellent game but was whistled for a foul on Omar Gonzale
z that negated what would have been a winning goal by Morales on another free kick late in regulation. Nov. 7 in Sandy, Utah
Real Salt Lake 2 LA Galaxy 0 (OT).
Goals: Velasquez (Wingert) 35, Schuler (Morales) 102. Real Salt Lake --
Rimando, Beltran, Borchers, Schuler, Wingert, Velasquez (Stephenson 91), Gil, Beckerman, Morales (Grossman
106), Saborio, Findley (Garcia 77). LA Galaxy --
Penedo, Opare (Villarreal 106), Gonzalez, Dunivant, Franklin, Sarvas (Courtois 112), Juninho, Rogers
(DeLaGarza 76), Zardes, Keane, Donovan. Yellow Cards:
Real Salt Lake -- Saborio 69, Stephenson 97.
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